bahrain Orders Reprinting of 17,000 English School Textbooks Over Persian Gulf Reference

Manama ordered 17,000 English school textbooks reprinted over the labeling of the body of water surrounding Bahrain, which is historically and internationally referred to as the Persian Gulf. But Arab monarchies in the region resent the term that derives from the land of Persia or present-day Iran and insist on calling the stretch of water the “Arabian Gulf”. The politically charged dispute dates back to the 1960’s. Over the years, a number of alternative names were being coined for the waterway including the “Gulf”. The subject has become much more of a sensitive issue in recent years as Bahrain’s rulers and their regional allies adopt an increasingly hostile stance towards Iran.

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